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Sony's S2 tipped to be a dual-screen Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet

With its S1 Android tablet having been outed last week, Sony is seemingly working on two other tablets: an innovative dual-screen Android slate and a Vaio-branded Windows 7 sliding tablet.

With its S1 Android tablet having been outed last week, Sony is seemingly working on two other tablets: an innovative dual-screen Android slate and a Vaio-branded Windows 7 sliding tablet.

Engadget has the scoop, claiming the first device is currently known as the S2, and will include a pair of 5.5-inch screens. It's thought to look like an oval cylinder when closed, and should pack a Tegra 2 processor, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, front and rear-facing cameras, and run the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.

As with the S1, the report claims that Sony's Qriocity music, video and ebook services will be preloaded on the S2. It also suggests that Android apps will be able to run across both screens, much like on Kyocera's recently unveiled Echo smart phone. Examples quoted for the S2 include Gmail and Google Maps.

The S2 is expected to go on sale this year globally, with a $699 price tag (that'll be around £430 if the gods of consumer tech exchange rates smile upon us, which may well not be the case).

A warning: Engadget's sources suggest the S2 may need more work before it's ready for primetime, with one describing it as, er, a "dog". And not in the Aibo sense.

The third Sony tablet -- alongside the S1 and S2 -- is an unnamed Vaio-branded device that is tipped to run Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, and have a sliding design not entirely dissimilar to Asus' Eee Pad Slider. It's expected to go on sale this autumn with an anticipated price tag of $799 (just under £500, in theory). The device is thought to have a 9.4-inch screen and a Pinetrail Atom processor.

Sony has bided its time when it comes to tablets, but we're intrigued to see how its two Honeycomb tabs shape up in particular.

What do you think: can Sony compete with rival Android slates like the HTC Flyer, LG Optimus Pad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Not to mention Apple's yet to be announced iPad 2. Let us know your thoughts with a comment.

Image credit: Engadget